Remember when you were a kid playing a game in your backyard called Wiffle ball?
A hollow plastic ball with holes in it would flutter around in every which direction and, at times, you would swing three times — all misses — before the ball even moved across the plate to a “Strike three!” count.
Well, Hermine played Wiffle storm with all of us: meteorologists, computer models, governors.
And as we all struck out — “Busted!” — you, the people (especially along the Jersey Shore) must want to kill the umpire “meteorologists” and I can’t blame you.
The finale weekend of summer, businesses took a big blow and not from Hermine but in the cash register as families, who planned all summer for this weekend, changed their plans because the umpires yelled “You’re out!”
It was a very challenging forecast and all the computer models for 72 hours consecutively put coastal residents all along the Jersey Shore in line for a life threatening coastal battering.
And it was the Labor Day weekend, meaning the beaches were going to be packed with families and their children. The way all the computer models were targeting the coast, we really had no choice but to issue the alarm bells, because if we didn’t it would have been simply irresponsible of us.
We really did dodge a meteorological bullet, because if this storm would have reached its full potential, trust me the damage and cleanup would have been far more costly than the losses businesses took this weekend and most likely fatalities would have taken place.
As for Hermine’s future, the storm will continue to meander south of Long Island, causing moderate tidal flooding, dangerous surf and severe riptides, all the way up to the capes of southern New England. It’s extremely dangerous to venture into the waters through Wednesday, especially with lifeguards no longer on duty. Even you surfers should heed the warnings. The most intense rain bands will remain offshore although rain will spill westward across eastern Long Island and the capes.
As I write this, I’m in Montauk, Long Island, watching the surf pound, beaches get chewed up and yellow tape posted everywhere along with “Beach Closed” signs.
And that’s that the end of summer, always a bit sad but especially on a day like today.
New York City:
Tuesday: Sun and clouds, windy, High 86
Wednesday: Heating up to a high of 91
Thursday: Hot and humid, High 95
Friday: Sunny and hot, High 92
Saturday: Sunny and hot, High 91
Sunday: Sunshine and cooler, High 84
Tuesday: Sun and clouds, High 88
Wednesday: Heating up to 91
Thursday: Hot and humid, High 93
Friday: Hot, High 93
Saturday: Hot, late storms, High 91
Sunday: Sunshine and cooler, High 85
Tuesday: Windy, showers, especially south, High 74
Wednesday: Coastal showers, High 74
Thursday: Sunshine, High 84
Friday: Sunshine, High 87
Saturday: Sunshine, High 81
Sunday: Sunshine, High 79